Social Justice Standards Support

Inspired by the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your efforts to foster social justice in your educational spaces.


Identity

Develop recognition of diversity through author resources that reflect the complexity of ourselves and the world beyond.

  • Recognize the complexities of cultural identity with this Meet-the-Author Recording from Kevin Noble Maillard on Fry Bread.

  • Encourage an open conversation about disability and difference using the author interview with Shane Burcaw from The Morning Call on Not So Different.


Diversity

Respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding, and connections with Diverse Books Collections and Meet-the-Author resources.

  • Examine the importance of respecting other cultures and uniting instead of fighting with teaching ideas from Classroom Bookshelf for Thirty Minutes Over Oregon.

  • Respond to author Jasmine Warga’s reflection on what it means to have “home” be more of a feeling than a place in this Meet-the-Author Recording for Other Words for Home.


Justice

Analyze bias and injustice from history to present day through Book Guides, Activities, and Lessons.

  • Reflect on the detrimental effects of religious bias while listening to this Meet-the-Author Recording for Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine.

  • Guide deep discussion on the civil rights movement with the teacher’s guide from City Lights Books for Troublemaker for Justice by Michael G. Long.


Action

Speak up against social injustice with support and empathy from the voices of authors.

  • Listen to authors Ian and Sarah Hoffman talk about the ways they took action when their child faced gender bias in this Meet-the-Author Recording for Jacob’s Room to Choose.

  • Spark discussion on respecting the names of others with this Audio Name Pronunciation from Thanhhà Lại.


1. Referenced from "Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework." Learning for Justice, https://www.learningforjustice.org/sites/default/files/2017-06/TT_Social_Justice_Standards_0.pdf.